April 19 – a birthday!

Thank you to everyone from Ina for the birthday cards! We took Ina to lunch today and she “slyly” asked me if I’d put her birthday on the blog and I said that I had. She told me how many cards she had received and she was very pleased!

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When I dropped her at home I stepped into her kitchen to see her cards nearly covering her kitchen table!

Ina doesn’t say too much but I know she was tickled and if YOU sent her a card, I’d like to thank you as well!

We ate lunch at Perkins – very fun to see Kay, Lori and her daughter Jess as well as Ina.

Easter weekend brought out my rabbit planters – I had no idea I had collected so many bunnies!

A Harvey from Patty —

And another Harvey from Debra.

When I got the eggs yesterday these two made me stop in my tracks! The brown one just has to be a double yolker – look how big it is! And the green one is nearly round! What’s with that?

Wonder if the Easter bunny had anything to do with this?

38 thoughts on “April 19 – a birthday!

  1. Carol

    Oh my I am jealous of those bunny planters and now I will be on the hunt for them! How fun!
    I love the color of the blue/green egg. Nature is a wonder.

    Happy Easter, Mary! May you receive as much joy as you give.

  2. Carrolyn V

    Happy Easter to you, dear Mary! You are so special to so many people….and critters too!

  3. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Looks like a very nice party, and a good time was had by all, I’m sure. Such a nice assortment of cards. The Harvey’s are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. The bunny planters are great. You could put some Easter grass and jelly beans in them; the quilt they are sitting on is just lovely. The eggs—–oh my!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy S – did you see that CBS visited the dairy farm in Pine Island? It was very touching and made a huge impact on anyone watching, I’m sure. It really opened my eyes! Happy Easter, Kathy, to you and yours!

  4. Jessica

    I love seeing all the cards sent to Ina! Please keep us informed about those 2 eggs…I’ve never seen anything like them before.

    Now onto my blonde moment: my husband asked if I sent away for the Harvey patterns and I said, “no…I have until Easter”….to which he replied, “Easter is 2 days away!” Is it possible for me to send it out tomorrow? If not, I understand!

    I have been dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, surgeries to remove the tumor and 4 lymph nodes and radiation therapy. I completely lost track of what day/date it is and now feel like a real dummy.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jessica – take a deep breath – I extended Harvey till May 1 and you have lots of time. What impressed me most was that your husband reminded you! Wow! Rick won’t even read this blog. I have to explain the eggs – these are just normal chicken eggs that we will eat – I have some fancy chickens that lay the blue green eggs. It’s like a little treasure hunt to pick up the eggs. Right now with the chickens outside, they could be anywhere!

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Jessica – forgot to say we’ll all be pulling for you while you navigate your breast cancer surgery and radiation. Maybe you could leave a comment about how you’re doing. Where do you live?

      1. Jessica

        Oh, perfect! I will still get it out today because I’m sure I’ll forget again. My husband is really good about remembering things that are important to me. I show him all the wonderful pics you post and he’s just as impressed as I am with everyone’s Bullseye quilts, Harveys, children making their own quilts from start to finish and, of course, all the animal pics! Until finding your blog, I had no idea that there were soooooo many talented quilters. I learn so much from you all and want to thank you for opening my eyes to quilting and farm life.

        I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY. I now live in Cape Coral, Florida. We moved here 3 years ago because we finally had enough with winter messing with the arthritis we both have. I will definitely leave a comment to let you know how I’m doing. I have a post-op appointment this Wednesday and will be starting radiation soon after. I’m a little nervous but I know all will be well. I constantly repeat, “I got this!” and “Cancer picked the wrong girl” and surprisingly it has helped to keep me thinking positively. Whatever works, I suppose! Sending love to everyone here.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Jessica – thanks for answering – all of us are pulling for you – cancer simply cannot win!

        2. Roxanne

          Jessica—our favorite when my sister had breast cancer was “FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!” Sending prayers!

        3. Kathy Hanson

          I will be praying for you to do well. I am 20 years out from breast cancer and I know how nervous it is making you but your “know all will be well” and “Cancer picked the wrong girl” will keep you positive for sure! Your attitude will be your best help. Thinking of you and sending hugs and prayers

        4. Launa

          I had radiation with my surgery and it’s a snap. You will definitely beat this and have prayers coming from so many you don’t know! Rest, eat healthy and recover!

        5. Diane in Central Ohio

          Prayers from a fellow New Yorker–although at the clear other end of the state. I will keep you close at heart as you go through this. You can beat it!!

        6. Sue in PA

          I also grew up in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge), though I live in Pennsylvania now. I went back for my 50th high school reunion last year. How is that possible? Will be praying for you. Agree that this blog is a wonder. I look forward to it every day. I wish you well. So glad you have a good man to help you through this time.

  5. Angie

    May your Easter be filled with many blessings. Love the bunny planters how better to welcome Spring. So I again thank you for all the joy you bring your readers and the people around you.

  6. Marilyn

    Happy Easter Mary, What a wonderful surprise with the two eggs. Glad Ina received so many lovely cards and thank you for including us. The the bunnies planters. Bless you for being s blessing to so many including myself.

  7. Pat

    Mary, I don’t comment often but do enjoy reading everyone of your posts. I just wanted to wish you a Happy and Blessed Easter. Your stories and photos of the farm are so enjoyable. Thanks for taking the time to share them. Pat in Burnsville, MN.

  8. Peggy

    I, too, love the bunny planters! Thanks for sharing my Harvey yesterday. He was so fun to make & I smile every time I see him. Happy Easter!

  9. Cynthia Sabinske

    Such a daybrightner! Love your blog, and all your activities and fun projects! Happy Easter! Looks like Ina is so happy with your get together and thoughtfulness!

  10. Sandra Corrigan

    Sending you all the good wishes of the Easter season.Your zest for life is a wonderful gift, and I Thank you for sharing it.

  11. Deb Harrison

    So great to see Ina, the beautiful eggs, the bunny planters (I collect bunnies, why don’t I have any planters) and all the Harvey’s. We get home on Easter Sunday…not too late to put mine on the front door for the rest of the month!

  12. Debbie B

    Love the bunny planters. A couple look familiar. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  13. Diane Bauer

    So glad to see Ina was so grandly celebrated! It looks like everyone had a good time!
    Love your collection of bunny planters! I have just one, but I love to see that others collect things they love and find interesting! I have always been something of a collector—tiny mice (Wee Forest Folk), Smokey Bear, Felix the Cat, egg cups, Christmas ornaments. They bring me joy!
    Your eggs are lovely!!! White eggs are great, but the blues and greens and browns are always extra special!
    Easter Blessings to you all!

  14. Julie D

    Love your bunny planters!! I really enjoy putting my snowmen away and getting out my Spring and Easter decorations including bunnies!!! What a wonderful get together for Ina! She was always so nice at Country Threads. Happy Easter to you and Rick!!

  15. Jody Irwin

    Always enjoy hearing what’s going on in your world .
    The harveys are wonderful .Happy Easter Mary .

  16. Launa

    A little rain up here in northern Idaho melting more snow this Saturday morning. Nice to see Ina is so well remembered with birthday cards!
    Love the pictures of your bunnies n the eggs! Bet a lot of clucking went on delivering the brown one!
    Enjoy your Easter with Rick and all your critters!

  17. Roxanne

    I put out my white bunny salt and pepper shakers a few days ago. I think the need a companion bunny planter! Patty’s Harvey made me think of a fabric that would make a great border. Now I just need to find it!
    Happy Esster everybody!

  18. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    It’s fun to see all the Harvey’s but I love the border of the one Patty did. I’m sure many of your blog readers have had breast cancer (I being one of them) and I’m sure we will all say prayers for Jessica. We are winners. That poor poor hen that laid the brown egg, wow. There is a childrens book called Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen, She lays colored eggs on Farmer Browns farm. A sweet book.

  19. Connie R,

    I just love the boarder fabric on Patty’s Harvey. Looks like Mr. McGregor’s garden.
    The eggs are really unusual. I remember a record we played on our record player when I was very young called Henny The Easter Egg Hen. Brings back memories.

    Happy Easter.

  20. Kathy Hanson

    Always fun to see your pictures, your comments and your plants and planters too! What an amazing woman you are and how special to so many people. You are always doing for others and caring. You and Rick are wished a very blessed Easter.

  21. Carol T

    Happy Easter Mary! Thank you for your wonderful blog and thank you for you! I’m amazed at all you do…thank you for taking us along on parts of your life journey! I look forward to seeing what you’re up to!

  22. Diane in WI

    Happy Easter to you, Mary and Connie and families. I did get my Little Harvey done. I’ll try to get a picture. It was really fun to make. I want to make another one for our house because the one I made is a gift. We are having a simply gorgeous spring day. Happy Easter to everyone!

  23. Sue in PA

    Mary, I love the colorful runner on your table! Happy Easter to you and Rick!

  24. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Thank you for your comment. Yes I did see the Pine Island, MN video on CBS. Hubby went to a dairy sale in Pipestone, MN last Thurs. There were 3 farmers that brought their cows there to sell, as they are getting out of the business. He bought 9 cows at a good price, (about $1,000 each). These were registered cows. Good breeding, good records etc. There were about 800 cows for sale that day. Sad to see your cows sold. We have now replaced 20 of the 24 we lost.
    Blessed Easter to all.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy S – 24 cows????? I thought it was 13 cows lost – oh my gosh! It just continues to get worse and I am so sorry for you and all the dairy farmers! Must be very hard to sell the cows – I imagine you get to “know” them like you would a member of the family. On a happier note – have a blessed Easter!

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